A complete guide to HDMI cables

HDMI cables are compact video/audio interface cables used for transmitting uncompressed digital data. HDMI is an acronym of high-definition multimedia interface. Unlike the earlier data transmission technologies, HDMI is known to transmit high quality audiovisual signals.

HDMI cable also serves as a digital alternative to several consumer analogue standards like composite video, radio frequency (RF) coaxial cable, SCART, S-Video, D-Terminal, VGA and component video. They are perfect tools to connect your audio/video sources such as Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes, video game consoles, personal computers and gaming consoles with other digital audio devices, television sets and computer monitors.

Reasons to use HDMI cables
HDMI technology uses a single cable on any PC and TV video format to transmit enhanced, standard and high-definition video. Moreover, HDMI cables also support up to 8 channels of audio. As HDMI cables are available in different versions, selecting the one that is compatible with your device is important. Each newer version has increasing capabilities and bandwidth. HDMI 1.4 is the latest specification that adds support to 3D and higher resolution videos of up to 1080p.

Types of HDMI connectors

There are 5 different types of HDMI connectors – type A, type B, type C, type D and type E. While the type a HDMI connector has 19 pins, type B HDMI connector features 29 pins. Type C HDMI connector is also defined as mini connector and is most common with HDMI 1.3 specification. On the other hand, type D HDMI cable connector features 19 pins. However, the size of connector is reduced to resemble a micro-USB.

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